Urban Engines-SoftBank at Japan IT Week

Since launching the company two years ago, Urban Engines has naturally expanded into other verticals that can benefit from greater understanding of their movement data. We’ve also extended our customer reach through strategic partners like SoftBank, a Japanese-based multinational telecommunications and internet corporation, whose extensive suite of customers ranges from transportation operators and urban planners […]

♪ Take Me Away From the Ballgame, Take Me Away From the Crowd ♪

A look at route recommendations and traffic simulation, using Urban Engines’ space-time engine. I spent many hours playing SimCity when I was younger. Some of the fun came from building up a complex and finely tuned network of residential, commercial, and industrial zones — but more of the fun came from unleashing Godzilla on the […]

The Road Not Taken

A peek into drivers’ daily choices on San Francisco Bay Area roads, using Urban Engines’ space-time engine Figure 1. Afternoon traffic on the Golden Gate bridge. Image by Jerry Stratton, CC BY-SA 4.0, on wikimedia commons. Happy commuters are all alike. Every unhappy commuter is unhappy in their own way. The everyday misery of road congestion wouldn’t […]

The Rising Tides of Technology and (De)Urbanization

Some trends are visibly cyclical, predictably expanding and contracting, like the tides, the economy, or our waistlines. Other trends, such as the seemingly unstoppable acceleration in urbanization, clearly appear headed in just one direction. An estimated 60% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030, rising to almost 70% by 2050. Many factors […]

Join Us: Urban Engines webinar series, “Faster. Better. Personalized. Unlocking the Power of Big Data and Analytics for Mobility.”

You asked, we listened! We have received a steady stream of requests for product demos, so we are hosting our first webinar series to present our mapping, visualization, analytics, and optimization platform. The webinar series will be in two parts – logistics and fleets, and public transit. Register for one, or both, to learn more about […]

Interview with KTVU Fox 2 News at 4 – How Cities Can Improve Mobility Around Large Scale Events

The San Francisco Bay Area successfully hosted Super Bowl 50, creating lasting memories for football fans who participated in the weeklong festivities — as well as for those who were lucky enough to get tickets to the game. In anticipation of the event, Bay Area transit agencies made a tremendous effort to support the influx […]

Anticipating the Blitz: How Scenario Planning Can Help SF Avoid Super Bowl Congestion

The San Francisco Bay Area is host to the 50th Super Bowl, with several events occurring in the city itself. For the week leading up to the big game, the area near San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza has been transformed into “Super Bowl City” for residents, fans, and visitors to enjoy events and activities, including […]

Visualizing, Analyzing, and Changing the Real World

We launched with the mission to tackle the big, global problem of improving urban mobility, and over the years, we’ve done this through our work in some of the densest cities, including Singapore, Sao Paulo, and Washington D.C. We’re delighted to have expanded our technology to many other cities across Europe, Asia, and the Middle […]

Urban Mobility Insights Issue #4 – New York City

Urban Mobility Insights is an ongoing report published by Urban Engines using our space-time engine to analyze open data feeds and find interesting trends that give insight into how people move about their cities. In this issue of Urban Mobility Insights, we analyze open data from New York City taxicab trips in 2014 and 2013 […]

Urban Engines Recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the Global Transportation Analytics Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

We’re excited to announce that Urban Engines has been awarded the 2015 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award by Frost & Sullivan, the globally renowned research firm, for Urban Engines’ groundbreaking transportation analytics solution. Frost & Sullivan’s recognition of our technology, team, and market is a great way to start off 2016!  It was an […]

Urban Mobility Insights Issue #3 – New York City Holiday Edition

In this third issue of Urban Mobility Insights, we used our space-time engine to analyze open data from New York City taxicab trips in 2014 and 2013 to glean insight into New Yorkers’ behavior during the holiday season. According to the New York City Taxi and Limo Commission, about 485,000 taxi trips are made each […]

Urban Mobility Insights Issue #2 – Spotlight: Boston

Urban Mobility Insights is an ongoing report published by Urban Engines using our space-time engine to analyze open data feeds and find interesting and fun trends that give insight into how people move about their cities. In the last issue, we explored San Francisco. This time, we head East and focus on Boston – known […]

Discussing Smart Urban Solutions for the Cities of Tomorrow at Ecosperity

Balaji Prabhakar, Co-founder & Chief Scientist at Urban Engines, recently joined innovators, policymakers, and thought leaders from around the world at Ecosperity 2015, a conference hosted by Temasek, aimed at exploring the latest issues on sustainable growth. Balaji shared his thoughts on emerging transportation trends like ridesharing and autonomous vehicles, evolution of data from the […]

Apple September Launch Event — Urban Mobility Insights

When we published our first edition of Urban Mobility Insights, one of the San Francisco events we looked at was Apple’s WWDC held in June at Moscone Center for 5,000 attendees. One fun discovery was, out of bus routes that travel near Moscone Center, there were two regions in the city where these routes had […]